Madrassa & Mausoleum of Qalaun

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Madrassa & Mausoleum of Qalaun information

Location
Cairo , Egypt
Address
Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah
Prices
adult/student E£100/50 (1 ticket covers all the sights from Bein al-Qasreen to Bab al-Futuh)
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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Built in just 13 months, the 1279 Madrassa & Mausoleum of Qalaun is both the earliest and the most splendid of the three buildings on this street. The mausoleum, on the right, is a particularly intricate assemblage of inlaid stone and stucco, patterned with stars and floral motifs and lit by stained-glass windows. The complex also includes a maristan (hospital), which Qalaun ordered built after he visited one in Damascus, where he was cured of colic.

The Arab traveller and historian Ibn Battuta, who visited Cairo in 1325, was impressed that Qalaun's hospital contained 'an innumerable quantity of appliances and medicaments'. He also described how the mausoleum was flanked by Quran reciters day and night chanting requiems for the dead within.